A Puzzle by Arepo
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Today we have a fifth puzzle from Arepo. Over the next few weeks we will have puzzles from JollySwagman, Metman, Clueso and Mucky. As usual, the setter will be delighted to receive feedback from you, the solvers. I do ask that you remember that for most setters this is a new experience, so please only offer constructive criticism.
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Arepo takes us from the classical world to the internet and rap groups via BO and bodily functions and a smattering of science. This was very well clued with a lot of variety in the wordplay. With the possible exception of 7d, there were no real issues with the wordplay.
8 Upset following passion, a dangerous situation (9)
CROSSFIRE – A five letter word meaning upset, the abbreviation for following and a three letter word meaning passion.
9 Chemical to put in with reversed polarity (5)
ESTER – A word meaning to put in with the N changed to an S (with reversed polarity).
11 Bother to pursue a victory or success (5)
AVAIL – After (to pursue) the A from the clue and the abbreviation for victory, add a word meaning to bother or trouble.
12 Defender of NASA mission reported key point (9)
APOLOGIST – A homophone of the name of a NASA mission followed by a four letter word for a key point.
13 Enormous round sign displaying motorway number in Italian (1,4,3)
O SOLE MIO – The abbreviation for enormous or over sized followed by the letter that is round and a sign of the Zodiac that contains (displaying) the name of a motorway.
14 Season with football club out of Milan (6)
WINTER – The abbreviation for with followed by the name of a football club in Milan.
16 Drunk tramp having nicked setter’s sweater (6)
ARMPIT – An anagram (drunk) of TRAMP containing the single letter representing the setter.
19 Small amount of time during Hector’s christening (6)
NAMING – The abbreviation for minute (small amount of time) inside (during) a three letter word meaning to hector.
22 According to folklore, soul-stealer visited sun god (6)
CAMERA – A four letter word meaning visited followed by a two letter name of an Egyptian sun god.
23 Live fast, breaking for holiday (8)
FESTIVAL – An anagram (breaking) of LIVE FAST.
27 Fifty in gold, at least a thousand short for material (9)
ALUMINIUM – The Roman numeral for 50 inside the chemical symbol for gold followed a word meaning at least omitting one of the Roman numerals for 1000.
28 Asian country‘s backstroke master (5)
BURMA – Reverse (back) a word meaning stroke an follow it by the abbreviation for a master of arts. Not all would be happy with the need to lift and separate backstroke into back stroke without an indication that this is what the solver must do.
29 Sodium chloride, say, almost taken like snuff (5)
NASAL – The chemical symbol for Sodium followed by the type of substance of which a chloride is an example (say) with the final letter removed (almost).
30 Bullish as it veers wildly (9)
ASSERTIVE – An anagram (wildly) of AS IT VEERS.
1 Hunter‘s performance going on a long time (7)
ACTAEON – A three letter word for a performance followed by a four letter word meaning a long time (or if you are so minded, by the A from the clue and a three letter word for a long time!)
2 It could be boiled crap covered in crap (6)
POTATO – A three letter word meaning crap or rubbish in side (covered in) a three letter word for faeces. In a down clue, covered would normally mean above but covered in can suggest containment. Not sure that all national editors would be comfortable with the “crudity” of the wordplay here!
3 Lover of 10 has aged with grace ultimately (6)
ISOLDE – A phrase 2,3 meaning has aged followed by the final letter (ultimately) of grace. You have to be careful where two clues are linked to each other as 3d & 10d as each relies on the other for the definition. Here the wordplay was clear to get at least one of the answers.
4 Great writers Kingsley and Eliot: men twice married (9)
BIGAMISTS – A three letter word meaning great followed by the surname of a writer called Kingsley and the initials of a writer called Eliot.
5 Moralising writer with a regressive attitude… (5)
AESOP – The A from the clue followed by a reversal (regressive) of a word meaning attitude.
6 …admonished naked, debauched pleasure-seeking (8)
HEDONISM – An anagram (debauched) of the inner letters (naked) of aDMONISHEd.
7 Ton of critics making profound impressions (7)
CRATERS – The Roman numeral for 100 (ton) followed by a word meaning of critics. Perhaps having to go from ton to 100 to the Roman numeral is overly complex. I am not convinced that the “of” is helpful in the clue as the second part of the wordplay means critics not of critics.
10 Stir-crazy, embraced by bronze lover of 3 (7)
TRISTAN – An anagram (crazy) of STIR inside a word meaning bronze (as from sitting in the sun).
15 Core energy given by minestrone soup (9)
INNERMOST – An anagram (soup) of MINESTRONE after removing one E (energy given). Perhaps a stronger deletion indicator would be nice here.
17 Questionable sources of alcohol for us (7)
RUMOURS – A three letter alcoholic drink followed by a four letter word meaning for us.
18 Fragment from page – Wikipedia page? (8)
PARTICLE – The abbreviation for page followed by another name given for a page on a subject in Wikipedia.
20 Slight sees top rap group returning amid clamour (7)
SCRAWNY – The first letter (top) of sees followed by a three letter word meaning clamour (the second part of the term hue and ???) inside which (amid) add a reversal (returning) of NWA (rap group).
21 Less polluted by carbon, more 20 (7)
CLEANER – The chemical symbol for carbon followed by a word meaning more 20d.
24 Garment worn in Old England thanks to Shakespeare (6)
TABARD – A two letter word meaning thanks followed by another word used to describe Shakespeare.
25 Guard protecting royal poet (6)
VIRGIL – A five letter word meaning a guard or watch around (protecting) a single letter abbreviation (given in Collins but not in Chambers) for royal.
26 Idiot on a new sofa (5)
DIVAN – A three letter slang word for an idiot follows by the A from the clue and the abbreviation for new.